Your morning cup of coffee is no joke. It sets the tone for the rest of the day. A good cup can keep you energized, alert, and positive all morning. While a bad (expensive) cup can make you as grouchy as Garfield on a Monday.
According to the National Coffee Association, 86% of Americans brew their own coffee at home. The average coffee drinker has about 3.3 cups a day, or 1,200 a year. That’s why it’s especially important to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to coffee.
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We’ve compiled a list of the best tasting, least expensive, home brews to keep your personality perky and your wallet full during the workweek.
Consider how you take your coffee. If you drink your coffee black, then you might want to lean towards the brands on our list with the highest reviews for taste. On the other hand, if you take your coffee with milk and sugar, concentrate on the prices. Additives and flavorings can mask the taste of the coffee a bit, so you don’t necessarily need the higher quality beans.
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If you play your cards right, a typical 10 or 12 ounce can can last you at least two weeks, granting you that time with inexpensive bliss.
1. Eight O’Clock Coffee
Eight O’Clock Coffee has an underground popularity unmatched by any other brand on this list. Not only is it inexpensive, but it’s also one of the most beloved coffee brands in the country.
It costs around $6.28 per pound, or 15 cents per cup, and $4.98 for 12 ounces of unground beans (if you have a coffee grinder in your possession). Their Colombian blend has been highly recommended for it’s smooth, chocolatey flavor with no bitter aftertaste, earning them a 46/55 rating on Coffee Review. They keep their customers happy with frequent coupons, which can be found on their website.
2. Chock Full O’ Nuts
Apparently, this brand is living up to it’s “heavenly” jingle, because it comes very highly rated- scoring a 4.6 out of 5 on Amazon Reviews. It typically costs between $5.19 and $5.79 for a 10.5 ounce can, depending on where you buy it. Though it has received mixed reviews, it is most often described as having a smooth and rather nutty flavor.